Vagif Rakhman


Vagif Rakhman graduated with A Master of Fine Arts Degree from Surikov Moscow University of Fine Arts in 1970. Since 1964 he has exhibited in more than 110 International Shows in Europe, Kazakhstan and Canada including 14 solo exhibitions in Kazakhstan, Europe, Canada and the USA. In 1981 he was awarded a title of Honored Artist of Kazakhstan.

Vagif participated at 12 International Symposiums on Park Sculpture in Europe, Asia and Africa. He is a Gold Medal Winner of the Biennial in Baku (1990) and recipient of several awards and diplomas. In 1998 Vagif came to Canada.

Vagif's sculptures can be found in museums, corporate and public collections in the U.S.A., Korea, Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Mauritania and Poland; in private collections in the USA, Canada, Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Liechtenstein, Holland, Australia, China, Israel and other countries. He has been widely reviewed on TV and other mass media. Vagif's images are, to an extent, real, variable and multi-layered, supported by complicated flexible symbols. Joy and pain, beauty and ugliness, life and death - all these eternal categories exist in his works. Vagif keeps two worlds within himself and that is his philosophical concept of life. The primodorial power of wood, stone, and bronze reveal the secret nature of its essence to Vagif. He uses them easily and freely. He involves one more participant into the play of forms - space. Having become the necessary plastic expressiveness, its functions are diverse. It may shape the volume, turn into air, become the decorative element and create the associative plan of conjecture. Vagif's sculptures are 'active' and offer a dialog with the spectator, where the spectator's understanding and association of his thoughts play a significant role.

Solo Exhibitions

1985     Dushanbe, Tajikistan
1988     Tashkent, Uzbekistan
1990     A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts, Almaty, Kazakhstan 
1991     Baku, Azerbaijan
1993     Vaduz, Liechtenstein 
1994     Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan 
1995     Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan
1995     Rukh Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan
1996     Central Exhibition Hall, Almaty, Kazakhstan 
1998     Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan
1998     A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts, Almaty, Kazakhstan
1999     Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan
1999     International Visions Gallery, Washington D.C., the U.S.A.
1999     Hittite Gallery, Yorkville, Toronto, Canada
2001     Figurative Bronze, Canadian Sculpture Center (SSC), Toronto, Canada
2001     Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan
2002     Stan Canada, Toronto, Canada
2003     Central Exhibition Hall, Almaty, Kazakhstan 
2004     Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan
2007     Gyz Galasy Gallery, Baku, Azerbayjan
2008     Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan
2008     Arvest Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan
2009     OYU Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan
2011     Art-Centre Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan
2011     Museum of Modern Art, Astana, Kazakhstan

Main exhibitions

1981     International Sculpture Biennale, Vilan, Hungary
1989     Exhibition of Artists from Central Asia and Kazakhstan, Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan
1989     Sculpture Biennale, Baku, Azerbaijan
1999     14th Annual Juried Art Show, Scarborough, Canada 
1999     Group Exhibition in Trias Gallery, Toronto, Canada 
1999     ‘Go Figure’ Exhibition of Members of SSC, Canadian Sculpture Centre, Toronto
1999     Misletoe Magic Auction, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1999     Artfocus, 8th Annual Fall Artist’s Show, BCE Place, Toronto, Canada
1999     Winter Show, Trias Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1999     New Member’s Show, Canadian Sculpture Centre, Toronto, Canada
2000     Sculpture 2000, SSC Member’s Annual Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2000     The Art of Collecting, Canadian Sculpture Center, Toronto, Canada
2000     Not just Moose, Garden Sculpture Show, Canadian Sculpture Center, Toronto, Canada
2000     Go Figure II, Canadian Sculpture Center, Toronto, Canada
2000     2 Artists  Show, Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2000     Group Exhibition, Peterson Fine Art, Toronto, Canada
2000     Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada
2001     Sculpture Mix IV, Canadian Sculpture Centre, Toronto, Canada
2001     Light, Canadian Sculpture Centre, Toronto, Canada
2001     Sculpture. Worx 2001, SSC Annual Show , John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2001     Toyamura International Sculpture Biennale 2001, Japan
2001     Group Show, Canadian Sculpture Center in conjunction with TIAF, Canada
2002     Peterson Art Gallery, Yorkville, Canada 
2002     Sculpture Mix, Canadian Sculpture Centre, Toronto, Canada 

International Symposiums on Park Sculpture

1972     Oronsk, Poland
1979     Riga, Latvia
1983     Baku, Azerbaijan
1984     Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
1986     Riga, Latvia
1988     Burgas, Bulgaria
1989     Dzhambul, Kazakstan
1990     Ternopol, Ukraine
1991     Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
1999     Ben Amira, Mauritania
2000     Greifswald, Germany
2001     Changchun, China
2002     Van, Turkey
2010     Almaty, Kazakhstan

Grants and Awards

2002     Diploma, International Symposium of Park Sculpture, Turkey 
2001     Diploma, International Symposium, China
1999     ‘Best Sculpture’. Award at the Annual Juried Art Show, Scarborough
1997     Soros Foundation, Travel Grant
1990     Diploma, Symposium on Park Sculpture, Ukraine
1989     Golden Medal and The First Grade Diploma, Biennial of the Caspian Republics, Baku
1989     Diploma, Symposium on Park Sculpture, Kazakhstan
1989     Diploma and Medal, Exhibition of Artists of Middle Asia and Kazakstan
1988     Diploma, Symposium on Park Sculpture, Bulgaria
1984     Diploma, Symposium on Park Sculpture, Kyrgyzstan
1981     Diploma, International Biennial, Hungary
Since 1981 – Honored Artist of Kazakhstan.


A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts (Almaty, Kazakhstan)
Central National Museum of Republic of Kazakhstan (Almaty, Kazakhstan),
Direction of the Exhibitions and Auctions (Almaty, Kazakhstan),
Astana Museum of Modern Art (Kazakhstan),
Karaganda Museum of Fine Arts (Kazakhstan),
Petropavlovsk Museum of Fine Arts (Kazakhstan),
Pavlodar Museum of Fine Arts (Kazakhstan), 
Urgentch Museum of Fine Arts (Uzbekistan),
Karkaralinsk Museum of Fine Arts
Tengri-Umai Gallery (Almaty, Kazakhstan), 
Embassy of Kazakhstan in Great Britain (London),
Ministry of Culture of Turkey (Ankara, Turkey),
Ministry of Culture of Russia (Moscow, Russia),
Mobile Oil Kazakhstan Inc. (USA),
TexaKaBank, Kazakhstan
Chunil Corporation (Korea),
Pushkin’s Private School (Toronto, Canada). 
International Parks of Sculptures in Oronsk (Poland), Petch (Hungary), Burgas (Bulgaria), Ternopol (Ukraine), Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Baku (Azerbaijan), Dzhambul (Kazakstan), Ben Amira (Mauritania), Greifswald (Germany), Chungchun (China).